BENCHED

The country’s record goalscorer will begin his farewell game on the bench

Wayne Rooney will NOT start for England in his farewell game against the United States, Gareth Southgate has confirmed.

But the manager has not ruled out the possibility of the former captain pulling on the armband again when he eventually enters the pitch.

Rooney will not start his farewell game for England

Rooney will not start his farewell game for England

Rooney has been given the opportunity to come out of international retirement to make his 120th and final appearance for the Three Lions.

The Football Association have officially dubbed the game ‘The Wayne Rooney Foundation International’ in support of the record goalscorer and his charity.

But, bizarrely, the Manchester United legend will not be named in the starting XI.

It is understood he will make a brief cameo towards the end of the game instead, which will give supporters the opportunity to give the former captain a send-off.

Reports this week claimed the striker would be given his old number ten shirt for his final appearance, but Southgate has revealed this will not be the case.

“He wouldn’t wear the No. 10 because he won’t start the game,” the manager said on Thursday.

“As the manager, my involvement was: ‘Am I happy for him to play a part in the game?’ Yes.

“But I’m still able to look to the future in terms of the squad I was able to pick and the things I want to see.

“In terms of the captaincy, the last game he came on [as a substitute] with me, Jordan Henderson gave him the armband as soon as he ran on the pitch.

“So I guess that will depend on the circumstances around the game and the players that are on there but I have no issue with that at all.”

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